Surefooted Moorfooter sees Gap in Keswick and goes for it

Moorfoots' Jacob Adkin makes steady progress in Keswick to ensure British selection
Moorfoots' Jacob Adkin makes steady progress in Keswick to ensure British selection

Second place in the Junior Men’s (Under-20) UK Trials on Saturday at Whinlatter near Keswick has guaranteed Moorfoot Runner Jacob Adkin, 18, selection for the GB & NI team for the European Mountain Running Champs in Gap, France, next month.

After a steady start on the first lap of the two-lap 8.7km course, Jacob made up good ground on the second ascent to move into second place and managed to hold on strongly on the descent for a finishing time of 35.36.

There will be four GB&NI team members, with two more places due to be decided by the selectors.

Big sister Scout, 20, was also in action in the same race which was a combined Junior Men/Senior Women’s race, the latter doubling not only as their European Trial, but also the Senior Women’s Home International. In a very strong field, Scout had a decent run for 12th place (3rd Scot) in 41.28 and was first home in the Under-23 category, helping Scotland to second place behind England.

Elsewhere the Moorfoot under-13 girls’ team took a fantastic bronze medal in the 3x800m at the Scottish National Relay Championships at Pitreavie on Sunday.

Comfortable heat winners through the efforts of Elena McGorum, Beth Hobbs and Charlotte Clare, the girls couldn’t quite match the speed of the traditionally strong West of Scotland teams Giffnock North and Kilbarchan in the final, despite the tactical introduction of Molly Falconer’s fresh legs on the first leg.

The Moorfoot Under-13 boys’ team (Calum Johnson/Corran Carrick-Anderson, Ethan Elder and Michael Smith) also ran well to qualify for the final, finishing fifth.